Beth Shak: Couture Meets Poker09.27.10
Cotton Candy: So, who taught you how to play poker?
Beth Shak: I taught myself how to play poker. I grew up with a father and brother who played from the time I was little. They played stud. I learned how to play on FullTiltPoker.net with play money.
CC: Why poker?
BS: I love playing.
CC: What did your parents say when you said, “Mom. Dad. I want to play poker for a living.”
BS: My parents love me and would be supportive over anything I did. My dad thinks it’s cool.
CC: Are you naturally competitive?
BS: Yes, I’m very competitive. I like winning. Who doesn’t?
CC: You’re a very attractive lady. Can pretty women be taken seriously in a professional poker game?
BS: A pretty woman can be taken seriously in any profession. I think you have to earn respect in anything.
CC: We hear you are a fashion designer too, you fashionista you. What do you have in the works?
BS: I’m working on a line of tees and hoodies for men and women. Just cute poker wear.
CC: Who’s your favorite designer?
BS: My favorite designer? Wow. For handbags, Hermes, hands down. For shoes, Louboutin. Dresses, Michael Kors. And casual wear, Intermix in New York. I love that store.
CC: Do you wear a stilletto or power shoe during a poker match?
BS: Walter Steiger made me a one-of-a-kind, custom poker shoe. They are insane!
CC: What do poker and fashion have in common?
BS: There is a thrill from beautiful fashion and poker. They can both made you feel great or horrible, depending on the moment.
CC: What have you experienced that you wouldn’t have if poker had not been a major part of your life?
BS: Red carpet movie premieres. They’re great. Being a part of a movie and the audience interacting with the cast — now that there is amazing.
CC: What has poker taught you that you never thought it would?
BS: To read men — finally.
CC: How can the readers and editors of Cotton Candy become great poker players?
BS: FullTiltPoker.net with play money. I did it. So can you.
CC: What’s something intriguing that most people don’t know about you?
BS: I love being home and cooking dinner. My family is everything to me.
CC: What music do you listen to on your iPod before a poker match?
BS: Great question! An eclectic mix, and it depends how I’m [feeling]: soft rock, top 10, hip hop.
CC: Do you let your kids play poker?
BS: My older son is 22. He loves to play. My 15-year-old daughter can play but is totally disinterested. My 14-year-old son is awesome at it.
CC: Poker for a cause. We like the sound of that. What charity poker tournaments do you love to take part of?
BS: Any charity event I have time to attend. I go to [charity events] I believe in.
Written by: Nicole D. Smith